Providing the best patient care calls for having the best nurses with the best training and the best staffing. But we’ve never been able to stop studying, working on, and yes, even struggling with the right balance for nurse staffing.
As a nurse, you often find yourself in situations others never encounter, such as patient care issues related to end-of-life decisions or conflict with families and colleagues. You must be aware how moral distress causes emotional and physical pain that can upset and disrupt your life and learn how to cope.
You spend more time with patients than any other profession and deal with difficult patient situations frequently because of the front line position nurses have within healthcare. Situations can arise from a simple patient question or information from a medical record that gives you pause or concern. Learn how to distinguish between ethical and moral dilemmas.
Established more than 40 years ago, National Nurses Week is now a well-known national, annual healthcare event in America. Learn about the top historical highlights that led to the designation of this special week.
A wide variety of programs take place during National Nurses Week beginning May 6 with National Nurses Day and ending May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. This special week honors nurses in all 50 states. Celebrate with us!
We are often asked what makes someone a good nurse? It's clear many of us want to know exactly which characteristics make us good, or even great nurses. Read about the 7 important qualities we possess.
Based on our education and experience across many healthcare settings and specialties, nurses are in the perfect position to serve on a variety of boards, especially in healthcare. Nurses on boards can be valuable decision-makers who act on behalf of patients.
A great mentor once told me about the importance of networking and the role it could play in my career. I never forgot the advice, and later as a nurse leader I appreciated how sage it was. It’s important to understand and appreciate what networking is and what it can add to your professional growth and advancement.
What does having good communication skills mean? It's about more than legible handwriting, or having a clear, resonant speaking voice. And for nurse leaders, it means having the knowing how to get your messages across to your staff in an effective manner.
Most nurses don’t wear nursing caps any longer, but we still wear many hats. And the advocacy hat never flies away. At times the work we do is routine; at other times it is complex and critical. But it is always patient-centered, because every nurse is a patient advocate.